Amato diagnosed with 'cancerous spot'

Former FSU assistant Chuck Amato has confirmed that he will undergo treatment due to a cancerous spot located on his tonsil, Florida State announced on Wednesday. Thanks in large part to an early detection, a full recovery is expected, and he should be ready to work again in six weeks if anyone "is looking for a great coach."

“I appreciate the concern and prayers of the Seminole Nation,” Amato said in a prepared statement. “The prognosis is optimistic, which is very encouraging, and with the grace of God and the support of my family and friends, I will get through this.”

Amato said the issue was originally discovered in December.

“I wanted to wait and tell people until after I had a chance to tell my dear friend, coach (Bobby) Bowden, face to face,” he said. “However, now that the word has spread, I want to assure everyone that I will tackle this challenge just like I’ve tackled coaching throughout my career -- full speed ahead.”

Amato will maintain his daily routine and work out regimen.

“I will be working out like I always do and six weeks from now, I will be as good as can be and ready to go if someone out there is looking for a great coach,” Amato said.